Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The NBA on Friday announced the postponement of NBA Draft Lottery 2020 and NBA Draft Combine 2020, both scheduled to take place later this month in Chicago.
The NBA said, “More information on each event will be shared at a later date as the NBA continues to closely monitor the coronavirus pandemic and consult with infectious disease specialists, public health experts and government officials.”
Some 205 players are Early-Entry candidates for the NBA Draft, and usually approximately 60-70 total players are invited to the Combine in Chicago.
Because of the pandemic, players cannot work out for or meet with NBA teams at this point, so players are having virtual meetings with teams on line. There is effectively no “testing the waters” at this point.
“Right now there are no waters to test,” Florida assistant Darris Nichols said by phone. “So when you say test the waters, that means teams bring you in and work you out, there’s a combine, they interview you…That’s not happening this year so I don’t know what waters there are to test.”
The NBA Draft remains scheduled for June 25 at Barclays Center, but is widely expected to be pushed back until August or September.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.